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Dresden: Advent Tour with Stollen Tasting and Mulled Wine

1. Dresden: Advent Tour with Stollen Tasting and Mulled Wine

Experience the colorful hustle and bustle of the Dresden Christmas markets! See the most beautiful places in Old Town and learn about Dresden Stollen, Pflaumentoffel (dried fruit figurines), and Ore Mountain woodcarvings while surrounded by enticing scents and sparkling lights. Your journey begins at Neumarkt with the famous Frauenkirche, followed by the Procession of Princes. After this, you will go to the Royal Palace, the Semper Opera, the Zwinger and finally the Striezelmarkt.  Visit the three most beautiful Christmas markets with their gorgeous huts and sweet treats and stroll through the world-famous squares of Dresden's Old Town. Your guide will show you the world of Saxony's Christmas traditions. See the world's largest Christmas pyramid and an enormous, Saxon Schwibbogen (candle holder) . Enjoy a tasting of Stollen cake and mulled wine.

From Dresden: Christmassy Day Trip to the Ore Mountains

2. From Dresden: Christmassy Day Trip to the Ore Mountains

Kick off  the Christmas season in style with a tour of the winter wonderland that is the Ore Mountains. Admire picture-perfect mountain towns covered in snow and bathed in twinkling lights as you make your way to your first stop, the village of Seiffen.  Here, meet a wood craftswoman who will introduce you to her traditional craft, wooden toy carvings. Pick up a unique and authentic souvenir in the form of a nut cracker or musical box.  Pay a visit to the mining town of Freiberg and learn more about the mysterious Christmas traditions of the locals. Make a stop at a smoking candle factory, where you can see how the much loved Smoking Man Christmas decorations are created. Afterward, sample some local delicacies including snacks and drinks. Later, enjoy some free time to visit the Seiffener and Freiberger Christmas markets and pick up some presents for your loved ones before making your way back to Dresden.

Dresden: Christmas Sightseeing Tour with a 'Pflaumentoffel'

3. Dresden: Christmas Sightseeing Tour with a 'Pflaumentoffel'

Get into the holiday spirit in Dresden on this guided Christmas tour with an original Pflaumentoffel, a traditional figure of Dresden. Visit the most festive places on a heated double-decker bus and tour three Christmas markets for a taste of local holiday cheer. Witness the whole city shining in Christmas splendor as you take in smells of roasted almonds, gingerbread, and mulled wine. Listen for the gentle tones of Christmas carols that can be heard from everywhere. As you sightsee, learn everything about Saxon Christmas traditions from your original Dresdener Pflaumentoffel for the day. Discover why the goose had a special meaning in GDR times, the holiday story of Berlin pop singer Frank Schöbel, and more. Get to know the secrets that have made the Dresdner Stollen a unique Christmas biscuit. Hop off the bus after the tour and follow your Pflaumentoffel through three special Christmas markets: the Striezelmarkt, the medieval market in the stable courtyard of the castle, and the Anno-1900 market at the Frauenkirche.

Dresden: Historic City Walking Tour with Christmas Market

4. Dresden: Historic City Walking Tour with Christmas Market

Enjoy a walking tour of historic Dresden and see the sights on the banks of the Elbe River. Learn about the city’s turbulent history from your knowledgeable guide. Begin your tour at Schlossplatz on the River Elbe, where the city was founded. Visit the adjacent Cathedral, which reflects Dresden's tumultuous religious history. Continue to Theaterplatz, with one of Europe's most beautiful opera houses and the State Art Collections housed in the magnificent buildings surrounding the square. Listen to inspiring stories of rebuilding and rebirth after the destruction of the city during World War II. End the tour in one of the Christmas Markets to try local wine and delicacies.

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What people are saying about Dresden

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 52 reviews

A fascinating day exploring the history and traditions of an amazing area. Pedro was a fantastic guide who went out of his way to ensure that the tour exceeded expectation. His personal touch was greatly appreciated. Can fully recommended this tour.

Like a private tour. Pedro is extraordinary on connecting with you. Very good, the pictures don't do justice, we visit great places!

At the Reimann stollen tasting, we assumed a Dresden stollen. Bought the stollen there and by far did not get the quality as tried.

Excellent tour! We had a great time with Pedro. He was very knowledgeable and provided great cultural perspective

Very extensive and informative tour with a very nice guide